Land and Environment Court to visit Spring Gully, Bundeena on Monday

Rally to save the gully: Residents protesting outside Sutherland Shire Council chambers in 2015 over plans to develop Spring Gully at Bundeena.
Rally to save the gully: Residents protesting outside Sutherland Shire Council chambers in 2015 over plans to develop Spring Gully at Bundeena.

The Land and Environment Court will hold an on-site hearing at Bundeena next Monday to hear residents’ objections to a proposed eco-tourism resort at Spring Gully.

The hearing will commence with an on-site visit at 9.30am assembling adjacent to 71 Beachcomber Avenue, at the entrance to the Coast Track.

The court is considering a development application for a recreation camp at 60-70 Bournemouth Street, Bundeena and a DA for clearing and carriageway over the Sussex Street paper road.

Council received over 3,500 objections to the amended plans exhibited in April 2016. There is strong concern in the community over bush fire safety and the safety of guests and local fire fighters should an emergency evacuation be required during a bush fire. There is also strong opposition to the ecological impacts both on site and to the adjoining Royal National Park.

The Court will visit the site, hear objector evidence and visit affected neighbouring residences before adjourning to the Macquarie Street court for the remainder of the hearing.

The hearing has been set down for February 13 to 17.